Food Waste Management

Solving the Wicked Problem

  • Elina Närvänen
  • Nina Mesiranta
  • Malla Mattila
  • Anna Heikkinen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Elina Närvänen, Nina Mesiranta, Malla Mattila, Anna Heikkinen
    Pages 1-24 Open Access
  3. Changing the Behaviour of Actors at Distribution and Consumption Levels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Lisanne van Geffen, Erica van Herpen, Hans van Trijp
      Pages 27-55 Open Access
    3. Anna de Visser-Amundson, Mirella Kleijnen
      Pages 57-87
  4. Connecting Actors and Activities Within Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Lotta Alhonnoro, Hanna Leipämaa-Leskinen, Henna Syrjälä
      Pages 141-167
  5. Constituting Sociocultural Meanings

  6. Innovating Practical Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Trevor M. Fowles, Christian Nansen
      Pages 321-346 Open Access
    3. Christine M. Kowalczyk, Brian J. Taillon, Laura Hearn
      Pages 347-366
    4. Fabio de Almeida Oroski
      Pages 367-387
    5. Hanna Hartikainen, Inkeri Riipi, Juha-Matti Katajajuuri, Kirsi Silvennoinen
      Pages 415-439 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 441-455

About this book


This book focuses on the crucial sustainability challenge of reducing food waste at the level of consumer-society. Providing an in-depth, research-based overview of the multifaceted problem, it considers environmental, economic, social and ethical factors. Perspectives included in the book address households, consumers, and organizations, and their role in reducing food waste. Rather than focusing upon the reasons for food waste itself, the chapters develop research-based solutions for the problem, providing a much-needed solution-orientated approach that takes multiple perspectives into account.

Chapters 1, 2, 12 and 16 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


sustainability food waste reduction consumer household waste networks creating value business models food surplus food loss behavioural change food retail systems thinking living labs virtue ethics discourse analysis consumer responsibility eco-innovation European Union design thinking

Editors and affiliations

  • Elina Närvänen
    • 1
  • Nina Mesiranta
    • 2
  • Malla Mattila
    • 3
  • Anna Heikkinen
    • 4
  1. 1.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  3. 3.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland
  4. 4.Tampere UniversityTampereFinland

Bibliographic information

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